Bean's Sawtooth Eel, Serrivomer beanii Gill & Ryder 1883

Other Names: Bean's Sawtoothed Eel, Stout Sawpalate

Bean's Sawtooth Eel, Serrivomer beanii. Source: St. Lawrence Global Observatory-SLGO,, (2015); © CNozeres (MPODFO Canada). License: CC By Attribution

A very slender brown to blackish eel with an iridescent silvery sheen, a beak-like snout, and the dorsal fin originating behind the anus.

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Bean's Sawtooth Eel, Serrivomer beanii Gill & Ryder 1883

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Southern Australia, from off Sydney to about off Perth, Western Australia. Elsewhere the species is widespread in all major oceans.


Dorsal fin 142-173; Anal fin 122-136; Caudal fin 5-6.
Dorsal fin origin behind anus; vomerine teeth enlarged, about 3-4 times as long as wide, forming a saw-toothed row; anterior tips of the first 4-5 branchiostegal rays extending beyond the articulation with the hyoid arch.


Undertakes nightly vertical migrations to  feed on shrimps, other crustaceans and small fishes.


Species Citation

Serrivomer beanii Gill & Ryder 1883, Proceedings of the United States National Museum 6: 261. Type locality: Off northeastern U.S.A., 41°40'30"N, 66°35'00"W, Albatross station 2075, depth 0-855 fathoms.


Bray, D.J. 2022


Atlas of Living Australia

Bean's Sawtooth Eel, Serrivomer beanii Gill & Ryder 1883


Bertin, L. 1940. Remaniement dans la classification des Poissons Apodes appartenant à la famille des Serrivoméridés. Comptes Rendus (Hebdomadaires) des Séances de l'Academie des Sciences. Série D. Sciences Naturelles 211: 76-78 (described as Serrivomer parabeani, type locality west of Azores, North Atlantic)

Gill, T.N. & Ryder, J.A. 1883. Diagnosis of new genera of nemichthyoid eels. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 6: 260-262 

Karmovskaya, E.S. 1978. Preliminary list of eels (Anguilliformes, Osteichthys) of the Australian-New Zealand region (on materials collected during the 16th cruise of the R/V Dimitry Mendeleev). Trudy Instituta Okeanologii. Akademiya Nauk SSSR. Moskva 112: 147-151 [in Russian] 

Saldanha, L. & Karmovskaya, E. 1990. Serrivomeridae. pp. 169-171 in Quéro, J.-C., Hureau, J.-C., Karrer, C., Post, A. & Saldanha, L. (eds). Check-list of the Fishes of the Eastern Tropical Atlantic. Paris : UNESCO 1492 pp., 3 vols.

Smith, D.G. 1989. Family Serrivomeridae. in Böhlke, E.B. (ed.) Orders Anguilliformes and Saccopharyngiformes. Fishes of the Western North Atlantic. Sears Foundation for Marine Research, Yale University, Pt 9, Vol. 1. 655 pp.
Smith, M.M. & Heemstra, P.C. (eds) 1986. Smith's Sea Fishes. Johannesburg : Macmillan South Africa xx + 1047 pp. 144 pls.

Springer, V.G. & Johnson, D.G. 2015. The gill-arch musculature of Protanguilla, the morphologically most primitive eel (Teleostei: Anguilliformes), compared with that of other putatively primitive extant eels and other Elopomorphs. Copeia 103(3): 595-620.

Sutton, T.T., Hulley, P.A., Wienerroither, R., Zaera-Perez, D. & Paxton, R. 2020. Identification guide to the mesopelagic fishes of the Central and South East Atlantic Ocean. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome: i-xvi + 1-327.

Tighe, K. 2015. Serrivomer beanii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T190315A1947540. Accessed on 27 October 2022.

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CAAB Code:37075001

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-6000 m


Max Size:78 cm TL

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